Twenty wins in a single season is a truly a magical plateau. Jim Bouton wrote in his classic book Ball Four, "If you had a pill that would guarantee a pitcher twenty wins, but might take five years off his life, he'd take it."
Baseball Almanac is pleased to present the pitchers from 1901 through 1925 who are members of the American League 20 Wins Club. Note: A bold faced entry denotes that the player was active during the previous Major League season.
"Listen mister, no man alive can throw harder than Smoky Joe Wood!" - Walter Johnson (twelve time American League twenty-plus game winner)
In Chronological Order
Walter Johnson holds the American League record for most twenty (20) win seasons by a right-handed pitcher with twelve (12).
Did you know that Lefty Grove holds the American League record for most twenty (20) win seasons by a left-handed pitcher with eight (8)?
In 1911 , Vean Gregg entered the big leagues and won twenty-three (23) games. He won more than twenty (20) the next two (2) consecutive seasons setting the American League record for consecutive twenty (20) win seasons from the start of a career with three.